Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner studied German Language and Literature at the Universities of Bamberg and Münster and worked as a freelance literary critic and journalist. He gained a doctorate in Bamberg in 1996 with a study on the radio plays of the immediate postwar years 1945-1949. Subsequently, he worked at the German Broadcasting Archive in Frankfurt am Main, with a DFG project on the broadcasting work of Günter Eich, as well as being a curator of the exhibition “Remigranten und Rundfunk 1945-1955” (returning emigrants and broadcasting 1945-1955).

He has been working at the Research Centre for the History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany since 1 December 2000, initially as a staff member, and since 1 August 2005 as its head. He fulfils teaching and examination roles at the University of Hamburg in the Department of Language, Literature and Media I/Media Culture. He has been a member of the jury for the “Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden. Preis für Radiokunst” (Blind War Veterans’ Prize for Radio Plays. Prize for Radio Arts”) since 1996 and was editor of the journal, “Rundfunk und Geschichte” (“Broadcasting and History”) from 2005 to 2012. Since 2012 he is editor of the journal "Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft". He is a board member of the “Studienkreises Rundfunk und Geschichte” [Circle for the Study of Broadcasting and History] and acted as chair from 2007 to 2011.

His research interests include all issues of mediated public communication, the main focus being the investigation of long-term media effects, the relationship of broadcasting and literature, sound studies, as well as overarching questions on the history of media, programming and mentalities in the 20th century.

Latest publications

  • Wagner, H.-U. (2015): Repatriated Germans and ‚British Spirit‘. The transfer of public service broadcasting to northern post-war Germany (1945-1950). In: Media History, Online first, DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2015.1011109.

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Latest lectures

  • “The ARD Broadcasting Archives: Collections of the German Refugees’ and Expellees’ Dialects?”, presentation by A. L. Tiews and H.-U. Wagner at the conference „Sammeln im Exil. Imagination einer zurückgelassenen Heimat / Archival Collections in Exile. Making and Remaking Images of Home Abroad“ on 24 February 2016 in Marburg.

  • "The Imagined Communities Project. Approaches to Identity, Place, Space and Media in Two German Cities (1919-1975)", seminar paper by H.-U.Wagner at the Macquarie University, Sydney, 1 December 2015.

  • „Transnational Audiences and Media Consumption in Media History. A Survey of Research, Best Practices, and Questions”, presentation by Chr. Hilgert and H.-U. Wagner at the EMHIS-Forum III – Transnational Audiences and Media Consumption in the Hans-Bredow-Institut on 26 November 2014.

  • "Trends in German Audio Drama", paper by H.-U. Wagner at the conference “Audio Drama – Histories, Aesthetics, Practices” at the University of Copenhagen on 19 August 2014.

  • "Sounds like Hamburg – Communicative Figurations of Spatial Identity-Building in the Past and the Analysis of Historic Sound Documents", lecture by H.-U. Wagner at the 2nd International Conference of the European Sound Studies Association (ESSA) “Sound Studies – Mapping the Field” at Copenhagen University on June, 28th 2014.

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Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner

Research Centre for Media History
Universität Hamburg
Department Sprache Literatur Medien
Von-Melle-Park 6
D - 20146 Hamburg

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